Madison County Public Library News

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Library's Independent Film Screenings Continue at ArtSpace in Berea

On Wednesday, September 12th, at 6:30 pm, Madison County Public Library will sponsor a screening of Be With Me at ArtSpace on the College Square in Berea. Since we are in a temporary building, we can't show films here, so the Berea Arts Council has generously allowed us to hold film screenings in their building at 116 Main Street on the second Wednesday of every month!

This month's film is a tapestry of three seemingly separate stories. Although the main characters come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they are bound by one common desire—to be with their loved one. Unbeknownst to them, the characters in each of the three stories will share the same stage in a play, written by Fate, which revolves around the themes of love, tragedy, and redemption. The characters in the movie are all fictitious except for Theresa Chan. Deaf and blind since she was 14, Theresa – who is now 61 – is a remarkable woman who has triumphed over her disabilities to live an amazing life. She is the film's beacon, a symbol of strength and hope. “I fell for Be With Me…I didn’t have any idea what was going on for the first half hour, but was in tears by the end, which is fairly rare,” says Manohla Dargis at The New York Times. Be With Me will hypnotize and fill you with constant emotions and pure sensations,” writes Premiere Magazine. The film runs 93 minutes, and is in English, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Mandarin with English subtitles. Be With Me won Best Director at the Toronto Film Festival and was chosen by Singapore as its best film of the year. It also won Best Film at the Stockholm Film Festival, and Best of East Asia at the Indianapolis International Film Festival. This month’s 11 minute short film, from New Zealand, is Two Cars, One Night.

Note: This screening is free and open to anyone age 17 and above. The film is not rated, but it portrays adult situations and language. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or legal guardian.


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